Commitment to training and development in social care celebrated

Posted on 4th December 2017

Social care practitioners have been celebrating their achievements after completing a new specialist course developed by the University of Chester, in collaboration with Shropshire Council.

Front row left to right: Bridget Caffrey; Andy Begley and Sam Bennett. Back row left to right: Lucinda Tanner; Susie McLagan; Jo Cox; Eoin Fitzgerald; Samantha Thompson; Sharon Johnson and Roz Ryder.
Front row left to right: Bridget Caffrey; Andy Begley and Sam Bennett. Back row left to right: Lucinda Tanner; Susie McLagan; Jo Cox; Eoin Fitzgerald; Samantha Thompson; Sharon Johnson and Roz Ryder.

The group of nine from Shropshire all successfully completed the Social Care Practitioners Programme 2016/17, which involved attending workshops and completing a portfolio and written assignment.

The course was organised to enable practitioners to reflect upon the good work they do and consider ways in which they could understand their practice differently and consider improved ways of working. The programme is based upon the nine domains of the Professional Capability Framework for Social Workers at entry level: Professionalism; Values and Ethics; Rights, Justice and Economic Wellbeing; Knowledge; Critical Reflection and Analysis; Intervention and Skills; Contexts and Organisations and Professional Leadership. 

After successfully completing the course participants are awarded 20 credits from the University which can go towards future learning and development. 

The participants, who work in Adult Services, were recognised at an awards evening organised by Shropshire Council’s Professional Development Unit. Shropshire Council, which is further linked to the University of Chester via its connection to University Centre Shrewsbury, which it co-founded, has a commitment to supporting practitioners and ensuring high standards of practice.

Andy Begley, Director of Adult Services, presented the practitioners with a Certificate and discussed with the practitioners how they have benefited from the programme. He said:  “I was delighted to be asked to present a certificate of achievement to staff who recently completed the new Social Care Practitioners course ‘Developing Professional Practice’. It represents a huge achievement for those individuals and is an example of how we aim to support staff in their personal and professional development.”

Bridget Caffrey, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Chester, said: “I am really pleased that the University is working in partnership with Shropshire Council to deliver the Developing Practice in Health and Social Care module.

“Our aim is to enable academic success and personal and professional development and this course has clearly achieved this. The awards event celebrated this and recognised the hard work undertaken by the candidates.”

Leanda Ward, Social Care Practitioner, said: “Since attending the programme I have gained in-depth knowledge and have been able to understand my role within the social care team. I found the course challenged me and enabled me to focus and reflect on my practice more effectively. I found the support from the other students and training team really good and made the course enjoyable.”